ACTION

I have but one wish. That my words fall on ears deafened by the volume of my actions. 

1 John 3:18
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

We can say whatever we want but without actions supporting our breath, we are only making noise. Especially when it comes to love. Love is the most action based word there is. Then comes hate. But so often hate is displayed far more proudly than love. Hatred for religions, for drivers on the road, for people who speak ill of us at school or work, for people who hurt us or cheat us, hatred for gays or many who do not support our own ideas or philosophies. 1 John 3 goes on to say,

1 John 3:19-23
“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

Notice when he says to obey God’s commands the writer specifies which commands he is referring to; to believe in the name of God’s son, Jesus and to love one another. Keeping a long list of rules and regulations does not show you love anything except law. Law does not please God. Loving pleases God. When you truly live in love, it flows from you and everyone can see it.

1 John 3:24
“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

Those of you who believe in the Name feel the Spirit within you. You know it by conviction when we step away from the source of love to follow our own desires for a time, the joy that is wrought from having compassion on someone in need. The strength and purpose that drives us forward during times of pain when we may not want to continue moving, the desire to reconcile with those we may have hurt or caused to stumble.

Matthew 5:23-24
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

John 3:17
“For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him it shall be saved.”

We are to love one another. Love requires action or it is not really love.
1. Believe in the name of Jesus as God’s son
2. Reconcile with my brothers and sisters
3. Show love to God’s people
Got it.

John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Much love to you on today the day we consider the Lord’s

Grace and Peace,

Andrew

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Journal #1 – Foolish Me

I am feeling a bit out of sorts this evening. Seemingly most of my writing has been about my own brains being in a tizzy for one reason or other lately. Even in this very moment I am having trouble putting together a coherent thought to type through all the muck and swirly fog flowing about in here. I have no idea what to write today…

I cannot believe I once again believed something more than what is in front of me. I have so much going on around me and when I see a change in a certain area all of it freezes as I stare to see what happens next. Then the same thing that always happens does once again and all the frozen pieces crash together on my head because I stopped watching them for a second. Let go and let God is a very common phrase I am told often. I have let go of many things and I pray for people I know I can do nothing for, but God, who is master of all and Creator of all, does so much more with my silence than with every word ever spoken by anyone. That gives me hope. Hope for you, hope for me, hope for us all. God is among us, around us, protecting, guiding and loving at all times, even when we feel like a mixer is swirling around our innards. Let go and let God my friends. I have heard a saying “Italians do it best.” T-shirts, hats, mugs and all manner of marketable products claim Italians do it best. God does it better.  😉 Everything.

Bitterness has no place in a life of forgiveness. If I say I love God yet hate my brother, I am the one living in darkness. Lay down whatever ails you, all your troubles at the feet of Jesus. You can never fall too far.

I have dinner to eat now 🙂

Grace and Peace,

Andrew

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